Release Date : June 9, 1934
Running Time : 7:40
Through his many short films and outstanding comic book run (thanks to
Mr. Barks), Donald Duck remains my favorite of all Disney creations. Happy
In his first cartoon Donald Duck is a real sailor, living on a boat
and dancing the hornpipe. He's a strong voice character from the start.
When he joyfully shouts 'oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!' we all know it's him,
even when he looks different. Besides his voice, Donald Duck displays
two of his typical character traits: egotism and his tendency to trick
others. His short temper is not shown yet: when ultimately foiled by the
Hen he's not breaking down in anger, but joins Peter in remorseful
self-chastisement. But Donald would show his temper, in his next
Besides Donald Duck this cartoon is interesting for an appetizing and
startling realistic animation shot of butter melting on hot corn.
"Will you help me plant my corn? Will you help me plant my corn?" And
Donald and Peter Pig would say "Who? me?! oh no! I've got a belly ache!"
(That was great timing). And one last thing, the little chicks are very
Speaking of Donald Duck, this cartoon includes his first screen appearance.
No joke. This is the start of a career that would dominate Disney's animated
short films, comic books, and other things.
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